Instructions for opening the Eddleston 3D pdf model

Firstly go to the BGS website, then click on the Our research Tab. In the left-hand menu click on Groundwater.

Then under Research areas click on Catchment processes

Under Catchment processes case studies click on Eddleston: groundwater-surface water interaction on an upland floodplain.

Under Characterising the floodplain environment click on 3D geological model of the site and at the bottom of the page click on Download the 3D geological model.

Alternatively go to LithoFrame samples

Go to Eddleston Water geological model 3D pdf

A pop up will appear at the bottom of the screen allowing the user to either Open or Save the model (Opening the model enables it to automatically upload with Adobe Acrobat Reader if Reader is installed on the computer see below). Saving the model to the computer allows it to be run offline, by then importing it into Acrobat Reader.

  1. Note that this model will open on a PC or Laptop and run from the Windows environment using the Internet Explorer Browser, it will not run on a tablet using Android or with Google Chrome.
  2. Firstly make sure that Adobe Acrobat Reader is installed on the computer.
  3. Then check that JavaScript is enabled within Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is done as follows:
    • Open Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Go to the Edit menu
    • Go to Preferences
    • In the Categories dropdown, find and click on JavaScript and tick Enable Acrobat JavaScript and Enable global object security policy
    • Click OK then close Adobe Reader.
  4. On opening the model a Full Screen pop–up will appear asking whether to allow the document to be placed in full screen mode.Tick Remember my choice for this document (Full screen mode disables 3D functionality). Then tick No.

  5. There will also be a yellow background pop out at the top of the model stating that 3D content has been disabled (see above)
    • Click on Options and tick either Trust this document one time only or Trust this document always (it doesn’t matter which)
    • Then click on the model and hover for a few seconds until the 3D functionality keys appear at the top of the model screen

    • The model is now fully functioning. It can be rotated, exploded and re–assembled, individual layers can be toggled on and off etc. using the keys. Play and experiment with the functionality and toggle settings (the model cannot be broken).


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